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SWE Educator Member June Spotlight: Melissa Chen

SWE Educator Member Melissa Chen is director of programs at 9 Dots.
Swe Educator Member June Spotlight: Melissa Chen
Melissa Chen
Melissa Chen, Director of Programs, 9 Dots

Melissa Chen is Director of Programs at 9 Dots.

Melissa is interested in all things related to design and tech.  She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and previously worked as a mechanical engineer for Northrop Grumman (Marine Systems).  After taking a year off to backpack around the world, she moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to help launch 9 Dots.

About 9 Dots

9 Dots is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that strives to close the opportunity gap for underserved youth through STEM education.  Founded by a group of engineers and a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Education, 9 Dots launched in 2011.  9 Dots works with local elementary and middle school youth, providing free after-school programs as well as weekend and summer robotics and coding camps.  In addition, 9 Dots provides STEM professional development for local educators and community organizations.  Our goal is to provide our youth with the resources and tools they need for a brighter future.

SWE Involvement

Melissa has been an active member of SWE-Los Angeles since 2012.  She was extremely honored to have the opportunity to speak on a panel called “Engineers in Informal STEM Education: From Casual Contributions to Careers” at the 2014 SWE conference in Los Angeles.


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